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Facts, Values, and Norms: Essays toward a Morality of Consequence (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy)
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More concretely, Railton gives a great account of how to understand (1) the explanations we give for the patterns of change within societies' moral attitudes concerning different kinds of behavior, character traits, and/or public institutions as (2a) objective, natural explanations of the historical developments in question, rather than (2b)the product of subjective "projections" of value onto bare, valueless factual descriptions of how societies' moral norms evolve. For example, we explain (1) the fact that widespread intellectual opposition to slavery first appeared within the 18th Century empires of Britain and France as the product of (2a) the fact that slavery was "morally worse" in these countries' colonies during that period than in any other place or time in history and (2b) the fact people's moral sensibilities evolved in causal response to this natural moral fact (this is a crude schema, but Railton puts a quite a bit more meat on the causal mechanisms in question).
Railton's essays are much different than most ventures in "naturalized ethics," which read like a catalogue of inelegant applications of the data and explanatory models of the behavioral sciences to ethical questions.Read more ›